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Public Health: Revised Senate Health Bill Tries to Win Votes, but Has Fewer Winners

The Senate bill would still make fundamental changes to Medicaid, which covers poor and disabled Americans, including two-thirds of all nursing-home residents. And it would still ask middle-income Americans to pay a larger share of their incomes for health plans with higher deductibles. Moderate Republicans had asked for changes that would make the bill more generous to poor and elderly Americans who would lose out, and those requests were largely ignored.PhotoProtesters in Elizabethtown, Ky., waited for the arrival of Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, at a dinner event in his home state last month.Credit Timothy D […]

Public Health: Why Repeal-and-Delay Is a Risky Health Care Strategy

Partial repeal would lead to such messy consequences because it would undo only the funding for Obamacare, not its regulatory structure. The health law balances rules that require robust insurance benefits and that allow sick people to buy insurance at standard prices; there are financial incentives for low-income Americans to buy insurance, and penalties for many Americans who remain uninsured. […]

Congressional Memo: McConnell’s Calculation May Be That He Still Wins by Losing

Four others went further. Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky all said they would not vote for the bill as currently proposed.PhotoSenator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, said on Thursday that the Senate’s health bill was short, but that “it has a big impact on a lot of people.”Credit Al Drago for The New York TimesMr. McConnell plays his strategic cards so close to the vest that a queen of hearts must be tattooed on his tie. He may, of course, be convinced that the Senate can pass this bill. Perhaps after some moaning, and some changes to the bill through amendments, the 51 senators needed to get the bill over the line (or 50 if Vice President Mike Pence is summoned) will choose a good-enough effort over being tarred as the person who declined to make good on a seven-year promise to unravel President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.When it comes to voting yes, a majority of members of Congress have a policy price, and leaders often will write the check. “There’s the natural frustrations that people have” at the start of a process that often ends in legislative victory, said Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee.But there are potential costs for senators like Mr […]

Congressional Memo: Of Horse v. Duck, Mutton Busting and Other Confirmation Diversions

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First 100 Days Briefing: DeVos Nomination Faces Vote; Trump Travel Ban Gets Hearing

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12 Indelible Images From the 2016 Campaign

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No Easy Mold to Fill to Become a Latino Texas Politician

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